I read in The Central City Register Call, Colorado’s oldest continuous weekly newspaper, that it snowed five inches on August 13, 1869. That’s a long time ago and Colorado weather can be very unpredictable. This has been one of the greenest summers in Colorado history with the hills still green with grass and blooming mountain flowers. What a great place to live, work and play.
It is football season and we can only hope for a successful Bronco season. I think we have the players to win, an exciting new quarterback and some really good players. Don’t know about the coach and especially whoever is calling those offensive plays like a long pass on third and one yard to go? Like the Rockies, we love the Broncos win or lose, but we love them more when they win! Looks like we’re in trouble for a back-up quarterback and the real season hasn’t started yet. Very poor performance against the Rams Saturday night.
My report back from Freda Miklin, who attended the Nikki Haley speech on behalf of Colorado Senator Cory Gardner, was that she was definitely presidential material and she made a stunning speech and appearance. It appears to me that President Trump will win a second term in office if the economy holds up and he wins the trade war with China. He may also get to nominate a third Supreme Court Justice in his first term in office as Justice Ruth Ginsburg is seriously ill with cancer challenges. She’s one tough lady and she will do her best to stay on the court. The best thing going for President Trump are the dozen progressive socialist candidates who want to turn America upside down. I don’t think that America is ready to become a socialist country. Governor Hickenlooper has already dropped out of the presidential field as a moderate Democrat, not a socialist, and he warned his colleagues on their message. He was booed when he announced that he was not into the socialist agenda. If “Hick” decides to run for U.S. Senator, he will face about 12 other announced candidates, but he would be by far the best Democrat nominee with the most experience in government service and business.
Looking back over the past busy week, I had some emails from folks who did not know that Denver iconic realtor Mary Rae had passed away. She cut a big swath in Denver real estate during her long career ,especially in historic mansions, selling and saving many.
I was impressed recently from an earlier meeting with Wil Armstrong, U.S. Senator Bill Armstrong’s son, that I wanted Villager newspaper creative marketing director Susan Sweeney Lanam to meet Wil. So, we had another business luncheon at the new Ocean Prime restaurant. Wil related a number of upcoming business projects on his business schedule in future months. If you haven’t enjoyed a luncheon special, or a hamburger at Ocean Prime, treat yourself to an exquisite luncheon that is not overly expensive. The well-trained staff driven by owner Cameron Mitchell, who we met at the grand opening, trains his employees to answer any questions this way: “The answer is yes, what is the question?” That is real customer service that is obvious at the new restaurant, open now at the old Cool River location, completely remodeled.
There was an abundance of wonderful food at the grand opening of Denver Metro’s finest new gourmet Japanese restaurant, ICHIBAN, located in Lone Tree off of Yosemite on the South side of C-470. The new restaurant is near the movie theatre in a large newly remodeled building with a huge parking lot. The address is 9271 Park Meadows Drive. The owners, Steve and Jessie Liu also own Land of Sushi across from the SouthGlenn Mall and other new locations in downtown Denver and Westminster.
Venerable Chamber Executive Vice-President of the South Metro Chamber of Commerce Doug Tisdale took center stage at the ribbon cutting, assisted by the Asian Cultural Center team of dancers, drummers and lions. Lone Tree city council member Mike Anderson was on hand to greet the new business to Lone Tree.
A large crowd of several hundred friends, fans and Asian food connoisseurs enjoyed the fabulous buffet that matches the best that Las Vegas hotels could offer in their gourmet dining rooms.
Lovely marble tables across a spacious dining room with booths and a large patio surrounded by stainless steel heating and cooling stations were filled with delicious gourmet selections such as lobster tails, prime rib, shrimp and oysters on the half-shell, 15 different selections of sushi, four excellent soups that included clam chowder, vast salads and fruit bara, and even pizza and macaroni and cheese for the kids. The restaurant offers a luncheon gourmet buffet and evening dining starting after 4 p.m. daily.
After sampling the many exquisite dishes, my favorite were the pork ribs and the grilled lobster tails. I had to take a nap later Saturday afternoon. They have a meeting room for clubs in the back of the dining room area.
I couldn’t nap very long because we had to be downtown at the Seawell ballroom for a benefit concert presented by Belinda Carlisle for the CeDAR. (Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation) scholarship fund that supports extended inpatient treatment for participants in residential treatment programs. The facility was built through the generosity of the Anschutz Foundation 14 years ago, patterned after the very successful Betty Ford Clinic in California. The facility is operated under the umbrella of UCHealth and is located next to the Anschutz CU medical campus.
Over 300 Carlisle fans showed up for her concert and she didn’t disappoint her fans, belting out her hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s. She also had a spell of rehabilitation in her career. She was a big hit Saturday night with all proceeds going to the scholarship fund.
Local Epicureans primo catering provided a scrumptious menu in the ballroom prior to the concert, providing beef tenderloin with lobster tarragon sauce, so tender it cut with a fork. The dinner salad and rustic bread selections were fresh and delectable, along with dessert brownie sundaes.
Attended the Arapahoe County Republican picnic at the Grove Ranch near Orchard and Parker roads Sunday afternoon. Over 200 attendees dining on barbecue with all the trimmings. Later enjoyed a fund-raising auction of home-made pies and cakes donated by GOP ladies. Announced GOP candidates were given several minutes each to introduce themselves, including the headliner Mayor of Aurora candidate Mike Coffman. A large list of candidates introduced themselves to the party picnic faithful.
Shocker of the afternoon was GOP executive director Steve Hause, making a farewell speech, resigning his state office working with GOP chairman Congressman Ken Buck to seek elective office. Watch for his official announcement coming on September 3.
Hause is leaving on a positive note and urged party members to be upbeat and positive going forward into the election season.
I also went to an afternoon birthday party for a horse. Full details forthcoming next week.
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